Planning Manager (South Team)

Employer: London Borough Of Waltham Forest
Salary: Grade: PO9, £55,980 - £59,262
Location: Waltham Forest
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 36 hours per week.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 05/07/2022 at 23:55
Reference: EGG/22/200132

South Team Planning Manager

Working in Waltham Forest

There has never been a more exciting time to work for Waltham Forest Council where we are delivering impactful change with and for our diverse communities across the borough.

Waltham Forest Council is at the forefront of development regeneration in London, with an ambitious programme of investment in the borough’s places, people and infrastructure. Our programme is based around economic growth and investment in our 15-minute neighbourhoods, working with and securing benefit for local communities while responding to the economic recovery challenges of the pandemic and the impact of the Climate Emergency.

The South Team Planning Manager will lead on managing development in the South of the Borough; supporting the delivery of planned growth identified in the draft Local Plan particularly in Leyton, Leytonstone, Walthamstow, Wood Street and Lea Bridge, ensuring develop delivers benefits to local communities and protects the characteristics of the borough that make it an attractive place to live and work.

The Role – South Team Manager

We are looking for someone who has the drive and energy to help deliver this ambitious agenda, leading the South Area Team, by supporting the renewed emphasis on high quality architectural design, residential accommodation and public realm.

You will be a leader who can inspire a team and has the skills and behaviours that can manage a high volume of planning casework, ensuring sound planning decisions are made. You will be confident in tackling new challenges and flexible in your approach to you work to allow you to adapt and meet the needs of the service.

You will be a knowledgeable and experienced Planner with a critical understanding of planning legislation and national and regional policy and extensive experience of dealing with a range of planning applications and managing staff.

You will be able to demonstrate experience of good working relationships both within the Council and with a range of external stakeholders. The role will involve dealing with high profile and potentially controversial proposals, you will therefore need to be resilient and respond sensitively to the needs of the community and politicians.

You will support the Assistant Director in delivering continuous service improvement, reviewing and acting on performance data, ensuring the service is customer focussed and embracing technology and new working methods to drive performance improvements.

The attached role profile gives more detail of the skills and experience necessary for the job.

Equal Opportunities

Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population. We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace. The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives: - Promoting equality of opportunity - Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage - Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels. - Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all. Respecting Diversity is a core Council value. To support the above and reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting. The council also operates a scheme whereby, for jobs graded up to and including scale SO2, internal candidates are considered first. This includes those candidates who self-identify as having a disability for the purposes of the Disability Confident scheme. For more information, please refer to our recruitment and selection policy

How to apply

Application Information


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